Service Learning

Service learning and community engagement are core values that are woven into the culture of UNC Asheville. Some Humanities students have worked with the following community organizations:


For 25 years, Helpmate has been Buncombe County’s primary provider of crisis services to victims of domestic violence and their children. We are proud to be part of an agency working with our community to eliminate abuse and fear.

Emma Elementary School – English as Second Language (ESL)

Emma Elementary School’s ESL program is presently serving a total of 169 students whose first language is not English. These students receive daily ESL classes or in-classroom support until they exit the program. Many people from the community and UNC-Asheville volunteer their time to tutor these students and to help ESL children succeed.

South Asheville Cemetery Clean-Up

Many Humanities classes go, as a group, to The South Asheville Colored Cemetery once each semester for cleanup. The South Asheville Cemetery began as a slave burial ground before the Civil War, and continued to be used as a black cemetery until the late 1930s.

The Key Center for Community Citizenship and Service Learning helps UNC Asheville students and professors find meaningful projects ranging from a few hours in length, to short-term projects lasting a few days or weeks, to long-term internships with local service organizations and schools.